In this months News and Updates:


It’s that time again! Delivery Survey

MLS is collecting delivery statistics from all member libraries who receive delivery. Information on how delivery is used help us determine how to allocate funding during our planning and budgeting process. This survey will be used to capture delivery statistics, including bins put into delivery, bins delivered and items put into delivery. Members have until April 22nd to complete the survey.

For Delivery Survey information click here:

If you have any questions email



We saw a small slowdown in the hiring of library workers during the Omicron Surge this past January but in the past couple of months staffing requests increased. Since July 1, 2021 BiblioTemps has employed 52 Library workers in temporary positions ranging from paraprofessional to highly experienced librarians.

Position Highlight: Web & Online Services Coordinator

The Boston Public Library is looking for an experienced Library Professional with a background in user experience and web navigation. This individual would work in support of BPL services delivered through the web – most notably their Bibliocommons platforms, Overdrive, and Polaris. Candidates with an understanding of web structure, navigation, and the way users navigate the web should review the full job description on our web site.

All Open Positions

  • Web & Online Services Coordinator, Boston Public Library
  • Library Assistant, Boston University
  • Circulation Assistant, Gale Free Library (Holden)
  • Technical Services, Harvard University
  • Library Building Monitor, UMass Amherst
  • Overnight Circulation Desk Attendant, Westfield State University
  • Reference Librarian, Westfield State University

Do you know someone who is looking to increase or expand their experience in the library field? We currently have a variety of open positions. Library workers and students can submit their resume at any time to join our candidate pool and to be the first to learn about new positions.

Interested in using BiblioTemps to fill an opening in your library? Contact Amanda Fauver for more information – or 508-357-2121 ext. 309

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Sarah and Rob on the road

Sarah Sogigian (MLS) and Rob Favini (MBLC) have been on the road visiting libraries. They’ve had a blast on these road trips, visiting with our member libraries and learning more about their work during the pandemic. They are booking their calendars for more visits; let them know if you’d like them to stop by. They would love to hear and to see all that you are doing to support your communities.

They will work with you to find a mutually appropriate date and time and will adhere to all safety guidelines. They are also available for virtual visits!

Sarah Sogigian –
Rob Favini –


MLS Live 2022

Our first MLS LIVE of 2022 will be on Friday April 1st at 11:00 AM discussing MLS’ work on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility Topics (DEI). Register via Zoom to attend the live discussion-

Our MLS Live series is an opportunity to join MLS Executive Director Sarah Sogigian and Membership Manager Amanda Fauver, to discuss a different MLS related topic each quarter. We’ll also provide a brief update on what’s happening at MLS.

We’ll be hosting these sessions via Zoom 4 times a year, for an hour each. Registration, along with dates and topics, can be found on our Event Calendar.

This series will offer attendees the opportunity to learn about and engage with MLS Leadership.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to ask questions about these topics either using the chat feature in Zoom or by emailing  in advance of the session (please note: this session will be recorded. Attendees will be muted to preserve audio quality). Sessions will be hosted on Zoom and recorded; we invite you to participate by attending the live session or watch the recording on your own time.

This series connects to our Action Plan S.I.1, G.1


MLS is Hiring!

We’re hiring an Instructional Designer & Learning Management System (LMS) Administrator. This is a new position that will lead our online training and eLearning efforts, and oversee the operations of our new Moodle learning management system. If you have a passion for engaging, activity-rich, outcomes focused training, then we want to hear from you!

View the full job description.



Blue Marble Blog

Ecological and Sustainability Minded Story Walks

By Corey Farrenkopf, Librarian at Eastham Library

Since the beginning of Covid, we have seen a large number of story walks popping up around libraries. They are a great way to provide a fun and interactive story-time experience outdoors, exposing kids to reading and nature simultaneously, while allowing easy and safe social distancing. With early, and understandable, restrictions on indoor programming, story walks became a great go to for monthly library content that really gets at a library’s mission statement. I’ve seen everything from classic picture books to poetry to illustrate non-fiction in a variety of displays in a variety of places. Often, these story walks loop around a library building or are posted in library windows, but other times they are hung around community gardens, parks, and nature trails. The ladder is a great way to draw attention to conservation land in your town or to get people interested in the community gardens… Read More